Network Three is to start bundling in Spotify mobile access into phone tariffs, so you won’t have to remember to fork out extra for the music streaming service. Will this herald the INQ Spotify phone?
We’ve heard rumours that INQ, which is owned by the same company as Three, is prepping a dedicated Spotify phone, but according to a report from New Media Age, the upstart network is to partner with the tune chucking service on many more mobiles besides.
Spotify is already available for Premium subscribers on the Android fueled HTC Hero, but Three will begin integrating access straight into the Google phone’s monthly tariff, and potentially before Christmas.
That will be followed by more Three Spotify phones, although since the network currently offers no Android mobiles or the iPhone, that points to more smartphone handsets headed its way, an INQ phone, or Nokias running the Spotify S60 app in the labs right now.
We put the report to Three, and were given anything but a denial. “We’re working with a range of exciting internet brands. Watch this space,” is the company’s official line. Spotify meanwhile declined to comment. We don’t see either side distancing itself from the claims, so if you’re keen on getting Spotify on your mobile, you might want to hold on just a few months.